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Boston docs take on Ebola

Latest from the Boston Herald - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 04:01

Four heroic Boston doctors are heading for Ebola-stricken Liberia — ground zero for the deadly plague — on a mission of mercy to stop the death toll and beat back the epidemic, even as federal health officials are warning U.S. hospitals and physicians to brace for the worst.

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Editorial: Why reward Wynn?

Latest from the Boston Herald - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 04:00

Steve Wynn isn’t particularly interested in changes the provincial types here in Boston want to see made to his Everett casino plan, and more proof of that can be found in the casino mogul’s response to conditions laid out by the state Gaming Commission.

The commission, which is expected to vote on the winning bidder for a Greater Boston casino license this week, developed a list of licensing conditions for the two competing applicants.

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Editorial: Deja vu on Green Line

Latest from the Boston Herald - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 04:00

Some of you — especially those who lived through the Big Dig — will be simply shocked at the news that the cost of the newest Green Line extension has now escalated from $1.4 billion to nearly $2 billion.

And this for a mere 4.5-mile stretch of rail that will take the service from Lechmere through Somerville and into Medford.

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Sept. 16: Letters To the Editor

Latest from the Boston Herald - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 04:00

Shocked by neglect

The Blackstone horror house is one of the worst cases of neglect and hoarding around (“An eyewitness account: Behind closed doors,” Sept. 13). When I read the condition that a neighbor found Erika Murray’s four children in — with the youngest two covered by feces and maggots — I wanted to cry. It sounds horrible to have stumbled upon such a scene.

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Shattuck: Herald Radio goes... Back to the Future(M)

Latest from the Boston Herald - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 04:00

The Citgo sign in Kenmore Square was erected in 1965 and has been drawing the eyes of Red Sox fans watching sluggers crush fly balls ever since.

Though there is no Citgo gas station anywhere in the Kenmore area, we are meant to take the image home with us and remember it as part of the Red Sox experience the next time we fill up the tank.

It’s marketing and it is everywhere.

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Mary Christine O’Brien, 61, lifelong Melrose resident

Latest from the Boston Herald - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 04:00

Mary Christine O’Brien of Melrose, a rectory cook, died Friday at her home. She was 61.

She was born and raised in Melrose, where she was a lifelong resident.

She graduated from St. Mary’s Grammar School and attended Melrose High School.

Ms. O’Brien worked as a cook at the rectory of St. Mary’s Church in Melrose for many years.

She and her mother, Anne, cooked for the residents of the Levi Gould retirement home for many years.

She loved animals, enjoyed reading and was a history buff.

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James Rutledge, 70, vet, motorcycle enthusiast

Latest from the Boston Herald - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 04:00

James W. “Skip” Rutledge of Tewksbury, a veteran and retired auto body mechanic, died Saturday in Nashua, N.H. He was 70.

He was born in Chelsea and raised in Tewksbury.

He was a lifetime parishioner of First Baptist Church in North Tewksbury.

During the Vietnam War, Mr. Rutledge enlisted in the Navy, serving aboard the U.S.S. Basalon and the U.S.S. Kepler.

He was a member of the Londonderry, N.H., American Legion Post 27.

He worked as an auto body mechanic for Patriot Auto Body in Tewksbury until his retirement.

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Sidonia R. Walker, 95, formerly of Quincy

Latest from the Boston Herald - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 04:00

Sidonia R. “Sunny” (Couture) Walker of Temecula, Calif., formerly of Quincy, died Wednesday. She was 95.

Mrs. Walker was a longtime resident of Quincy.

She was the former treasurer of St. Ann’s Seniors and past president of the Legion of Mary at St. Ann’s Church. She was also a former Girl Scout troop organizer at the church.

A devout Catholic, her faith was a very important part of her life. She enjoyed being around people and had a beautiful smile, but the foundation of her life was her family.

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Ray Flynn, Red Sox back effort to field U2

Latest from the Boston Herald - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 04:00

Momentum is building for an epic U2 concert at Fenway Park, with the Red Sox voicing enthusiasm for Mayor Martin J. Walsh’s idea, and former Mayor Raymond L. Flynn agreeing to reach out to his old pal Bono and “call in a chit.”

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Lawyer: Molested boy settles case with city

Latest from the Boston Herald - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 04:00

A boy with severe autism who was molested by a teaching assistant in 2011 has come to a “six-figure” settlement with the city of Boston, which was “negligent in allowing the teacher to continue working” after he had already been caught molesting a different boy, according to his family’s attorney.

The boy, who was 14 years old at the time, was molested by LaShawn Hill in December 2011 at the Harbor School in Dorchester, prosecutors said. In March 2011, Hill molested a 7-year-old at the Martin Luther King Jr. School, court documents say.

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Rape suspect arraigned after new DNA test

Latest from the Boston Herald - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 04:00

A man accused of raping two women in 2004 was arraigned yesterday by Suffolk prosecutors wielding a new, state-of-the-art DNA test a judge thwarted them from using just a few months ago.

Dwayne McNair of Dedham was ordered held on $500,000 bail by Suffolk Clerk Magistrate Gary Wilson.

A Suffolk County grand jury returned a 10-count indictment Sunday after prosecutors were able to demonstrate that McNair’s DNA was different from his identical twin brother, Dwight. Prior tests were unable to distinguish between twins.

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For Democrats, ‘fake’ plan quip is best left untouched

Latest from the Boston Herald - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 04:00

When Attorney General Martha Coakley and Treasurer Steve Grossman were duking it out for the Democratic nomination, he slammed her economic plan as “fake,” but now that it’s a mainstay of her general election campaign his best bet is to ignore it and just focus on convincing his camp to back her in November, experts say.

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Town pours out heart for soldier

Latest from the Boston Herald - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 04:00

The line extended into the parking lot yesterday as Northboro residents paid their last respects to Army Spc. Brian K. Arsenault, who was killed in Afghanistan.

The wake at St. Rose of Lima Church drew friends and family of the 28-year-old, who was killed by enemy fire in Ghazni, Afghanistan, Sept. 4, according to the Department of Defense.

“It’s a real loss to Northboro, as well as America,” said mourner Sharon Wyman, 50.

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Nucci: Coakley needs primary foe Grossman’s help to beat Baker

Latest from the Boston Herald - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 04:00

No doubt Martha Coakley has had Steve Grossman’s number on speed-dial since her victory over him in last week’s primary. That’s because she might need a herculean effort by the state treasurer to help keep the Democratic Party united behind her campaign to win the Corner Office in November.

Normally after a primary election, the victor’s vanquished rivals will smile, take a picture and then go on vacation. But Coakley needs Grossman to play a big role in her campaign.

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Authorities consider demolition of condemned Blackstone site

Latest from the Boston Herald - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 04:00

Cleanup efforts at the condemned house in Blackstone are expected to wrap up today with one town official saying the site where three dead babies were found by police could be demolished.

“It’s not out of the question,” said Bill Walsh, chairman of the Blackstone Board of Health. “I don’t know what we’re going to do — it’s unprecedented.”

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Most councilors clam up on proposed pay raise

Latest from the Boston Herald - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 04:00

All but two Boston city councilors ducked phone calls, ignored messages and took cover yesterday to avoid answering whether they will support hiking their own salaries by a whopping 30 percent to $112,500.

“It’s nothing against you guys. He’s not talking to anyone about it,” said a staffer for City Councilor Stephen J. Murphy. When asked his position: “He’s not saying.”

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Heslam: Documents say Blackstone mom admitted home ‘not suitable’ for children

Latest from the Boston Herald - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 04:00
Even Erika Murray had to admit her vermin-infested and insect-ridden house in Blackstone was no place for kids — or anybody. When the Department of Youth Services was taking...
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Commission plays tough with Wynn traffic issue

Latest from the Boston Herald - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 04:00

Calling it a “take it or leave it” proposition, the state Gaming Commission appears poised to call the bluff today of gambling titan Steve Wynn over his refusal to pay what the panel says it will take to fix traffic his Everett gaming palace would bring to Sullivan Square — a huge risk given the Vegas mogul’s history of dropping projects when economics change.

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Editorial: Horror in Blackstone

Latest from the Boston Herald - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 04:00

 

I have four children of my own and I am incredibly distraught after reading about what Erika Murray’s children have had to endure in that horrible house in Blackstone (Sept. 13). Thanks to the Herald for its coverage of the story.

— Nicole Racki, Peabody

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John Kerry indicates role possible for Iran in ISIS fight

Latest from the Boston Herald - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 04:00

PARIS — The United States said it is open to talking to Iran about a role in resolving the Islamic State crisis, despite Washington’s earlier opposition to Tehran even attending yesterday’s international conference, where more than two dozen nations pledged to help Iraq fight the terrorist group.

U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry ruled out any military coordination with Iran, which was not invited to Paris.

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